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For better health and social care

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month


Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.

Early diagnosis really does save lives which is why Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer are using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to focus on bowel cancer symptoms. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer; there are other health problems that can cause similar symptoms. If you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, see your GP.

We can all help to raise awareness with family, friends and colleagues during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. If you want to take it further, why not try holding a fundraising event to raise awareness and money for further research into the disease and support for those who are already suffering? You can find more information about holding a fundraising event here.